7 best waffle makers to celebrate International Waffle Day (+ 5 cafes in Singapore for really delicious waffles)
Yes folks, there is an international holiday to celebrate waffles. It first originated in Sweden and it’s happening this weekend on 25 March. But hey, even though Singapore is located miles away, there’s really no reason why we should not commemorate this glorious brunch and cafe staple. And what better way to do it than with homemade waffles?
Whether you like light and fluffy kinds or ones that feature more of a dense and chewy texture, these waffle makers will have you covered, so start making space on your kitchen countertop!
HappyCall Waffle Maker
You may already have the HappyCall pan in the kitchen. For the uninformed, it’s a kitchen wonder that can do virtually anything from stir-frying vegetables to baking a cake. But if you just want to make proper waffles, the Korean appliance brand has also come up with a waffle maker.
Unlike conventional electric waffle makers, this appliance, made from a durable die-cast iron like the rest of their products, requires manual manoeuvring and you’ll have to heat it over your stove. Make sure the pan is heated up properly before you pour in the batter, and move the appliance around your cooktop to ensure that the waffles are evenly cooked. The double-sided pan also means you can create your own waffle sandwich.
$72.90, available at Lazada
Cuisinart 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker
If you love Belgian waffles, characterised by a light, almost airy texture and deep pockets, then you will have to get this. There is a six-setting browning control on this one, so you can adjust your waffles to as crisp as you like it. Once the waffles are ready, indicator lights let you know when to take them out.
$152.50, available at Tott
Nordic Ware Silver Dollar Waffle Griddle
Making breakfast for an industrial-sized family is never easy, which is why we are totally recommending that you get this griddle. This heavy cast aluminium appliance features seven moulds that each make 3-inch waffles so you can cook up a few at a go. Talk about efficiency!
$79.90, available at Tott
Cornell Egg Waffle Maker CWM-S2921RD
If you love Hong Kong-style egg waffles — those pull-apart, round-shaped snacks that you can find in the streets of Hong Kong and recently popularised in Singapore — then you should get this. According to Cornell, all you will need is 4 minutes cooking time on each side before they are ready to eat.
$33, available at Courts
Breville Smart Waffle Maker BWM620
This waffle maker lies on the pricier side, but it’s packed full of features so it’s pretty bang for your buck. One of its attractions is the additional mould around the perimeter of the main waffle mould that lets excess batter drip into so you get perfectly shaped waffles each time. The appliance also comes with four standard settings, including Belgian, Classic, Chocolate and Buttermilk, that adjust the cooking time depending on what sort of waffles you wish to cook.
The reason why it’s “smart” is because of its ability to sense if the pan is heated up enough to make waffles. For instance, if you choose to add in new batter immediately after your first batch of waffles is done, it will add extra cooking time to the next batch because it senses that the pan is not fully heated up again. For those who have more precise tastes, a custom setting lets you decide how long you want your waffles to be cooked for, while a light and dark button gives you the ability to decide how crisp you want them to be.
$398, available at Harvey Norman
Rommelsbacher WA1000E Waffle Maker
This waffle maker is one of the better-looking ones on the list. It comes with an elegant casing made of brushed stainless steel and it can sit upright during storage, allowing you to save space on your kitchen counter. The appliance makes heart-shaped waffles, a tradition in Nordic countries, which unlike Belgian waffles, are considerably thinner. For unparalleled paper-thin crispness, place them longer in the waffle maker. They are great for Valentine’s Day or as an after-school treat for the kids. The classic way is served with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of berries.
$149, available at Harvey Norman
Tefal Multi Snack Maker SW856
If you think having an appliance that only makes waffles is taking too much precious space on the countertop, you might want to consider getting this multi snack maker instead. It comes with two grill plates that lets you make not only waffles, but also toasted sandwiches. Collect the other grill plates in this Snack Collection and you can create anything from pancakes and French toast to doughnuts and panini.
$138, available at Lazada
Too lazy to make waffles?
For those of us who aren’t up to stepping inside the kitchen this Waffles Day, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best cafes in Singapore for waffles.
Gillman Barracks, 5A Lock Road
Source: Creamier via Facebook
This ice-cream parlour serves up Belgian-style waffles that are perfectly fluffy on the inside and oh-so-soft soft on the inside — the best kind. It has a light and airy texture, with a hint of buttery fragrance. Top it up with their ice cream — we recommend the local-inspired flavours like kaya and sea salt gula melaka — and you’ll have a match made in heaven.
2. Beans & Cream
347 Bukit Batok Street 34 #01-260
Source: Beans & Cream via Facebook
This (relatively) unknown cafe located under an HDB has really cheap and good ice cream, but it’s their warm and fluffy waffles that elevate their ice-cold dollops to a whole new level. It isn’t heavy on the buttery flavour, making them a perfect complement to their creamy ice cream.
3. FatCat Ice Cream Bar
416 Bedok North Avenue 2 #01-25
Source: FatCat Ice Cream Bar via Facebook
For something more unusual, this dessert place’s insta-worthy gourmet charcoal waffles should be right up your alley. Have them with your ice cream of choice then drizzle the salty, slightly grainy salted egg yolk sauce for a delectable sweet and savoury experience.
4. House at Dempsey
8D Dempsey Road
Source: House at Dempsey via Facebook
Who says you can’t have waffles for lunch? At House, you can order their Stinky Meets Crispy Chicken Waffles, which is basically a Southern-style chicken and waffles dish turned Singaporean with har cheong gai chicken served atop dense waffles. It comes with a side of sambal maple syrup best drizzled generously over the dish.
5. Strangers’ Reunion
33/35/37 Kampong Bahru Rd
Source: Strangers’ Reunion via Facebook
The fluffy buttermilk waffles at Strangers’ Reunion are absolutely to-die-for, but it is their matcha waffles that have completely won me over. Enveloped in matcha dust in a glorious green hue, these waffles are served with Azuki beans, fresh berries, vanilla bean ice cream and sweet orange segments. The only gripe I have? The matcha flavour could be a little stronger.